While Porchfest wasn’t created in Yellow Springs, the music festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, is uniquely suited for the quaint artistic village east of Dayton. The second annual event features more than 40 musical acts, ranging from Celtic, folk and rock to hip-hop, jazz and classical.
There are more than 140 Porchfests in the United States, including a recent third annual installment in Dayton’s Historic St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood and a new one in Troy. Brittany Baum and co-organizer Rachel Price realized the potential to host such a festival in Yellow Springs.
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“Porchfest is really unique because it brings the whole neighborhood and community together,” Baum said. “It’s really perfect for Yellow Springs because it’s such a small village so it’s pretty walkable as a whole. It’s just so nice to see your neighbors walking around or biking around to hear music.
“Anything that brings the community together is a really good thing, especially in these times,” she continued. “People are so divided, either politically or with current events, so it’s nice to have something that can be the bridge that brings us all close together. For one day we can all just join together, smile, listen to music and have a good time.”
The lineup includes Tannin Creek, Mark Babb, Trish Mairet Jazz, Sadbox, Blossom Hall, Unlawful and YS Ukulele Club Band performing on the porches, patios and lawns of participating homes and businesses. Many acts are performing at residential spots, but a few area businesses like Yellow Springs Brewery, Jackson Lytle & Lewis Funeral Home and Mills Park Hotel have Porchfest stages.
“Last year, we had 38 acts,” Baum said. “This year we have around 45. We also we have the Kings Yard Experimental Stage with some scheduled acts, but there’s also an open mike there. That’s something different this year where people can go on the day of and sign up for short slots.”
Like other Porchfests, the event has free admission and the performers are donating their time so attendees are encouraged to tip the participating acts with cash, PayPal or credit card.
“We wanted to make tipping as user-friendly as possible so it promotes the musicians and the musicians are actually getting paid for their time too,” Baum said. “We make it so people can easily tip at the site or tip later on, tip online or whatever they want to do. They can tip for a specific artist or they can make a donation for all of Porchfest and that will be split up among all artists at the end.”
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